Photo courtesy of Clint Kelley, Globe Hotshots

I encountered Spartan Race on a social media site where the banner link showed up on the right hand side. I’d never heard of Spartan Race, neither had my friends. I am a Firefighter on an IHC (Hotshot) crew. I felt confident and I registered with three months to train for the AZ Spartan Super.

Ten days from the race I found myself lying on the floor of my room wondering how someone could feel so bad without being dead. Food and water hit my stomach and reversed direction and I spent eight days trying every medical and holistic remedy known to man to beat the flu. Two days until race day and I felt pretty good but I was experiencing full body cramping. I hydrated as best as I could and when race day arrived I felt good. I wasn’t 100% and I knew that the 10 days being sick would take their toll but I had a team that I was not going to disappoint and I WANTED this bad.

The event was crazy. I’d never seen anything like it. Music blaring, the announcer shouting encouragement and challenges, and in the middle stood the cargo net climb and five other obstacles. I’d never seen so many motivated and determined people before. There was a definite air of intensity but it was coupled with a feeling of community; a oneness. My team lined up at the rear of the starting area and the excitement quickly dispersed every thought of the flu and the last ten days. It was impossible to keep still. When our heat surged forward we moved slowly at first but it was at the first obstacle that we scrambled passed several groups and began to make our way towards the front. I was in my element and I was having fun; pure joyful fun that made me smile. I loved jumping over walls and slogging through the mud. As the race progressed, my friend paced me until we hit the monkey bars where I started feeling a cramp in my calves. I deliberately slowed down to try and conserve my energy and deal with the cramping. By the time I got to the tire flip I was cramping in my calves and hamstrings. I nailed the tire flip, rang the bell on the rope climb, and failed the spear throw. 30 burpees and the cramping hit every leg muscle. I was starting to use a morphed jog/hobble with periodic stops to stretch cramping muscles. By the time I waded in the canal, the cramping had moved to the forearms and abdomen. 30 more burpees at the balance beams. I wanted to die. I slipped and fell into the canal before the Hercules Hoist and my entire body cramped up. I laid partially submerged in the water, body seized up in cramps.

A volunteer wearing a blue medal tried to motivate me, but seeing that I was in pain, he told me “You can make it, man. It’s only a mile left.”

I thought about quitting. I thought about telling this young man, “I quit.” But that medal. That medal was right in front of my face and it wasn’t even wanting the medal but wanting what that medal stood for that helped me motivate myself to get up and keep going. The cargo net was a challenge. I seized up again at the top and stood there with the volunteer for a few minutes as a spasms passed. I made my way down the net, made the sign of the holy cross and hobbled my way towards the gladiators who took pity on me and only hit me a little bit and not full force. I got my medal around my neck, the shirt on my shoulder and I had never eaten a more delicious banana than the one at the finish line. I immediately collapsed from another body cramp but I was aware of that medal around my neck, felt the coolness of the metal and the weight as it hung. I survived the course. Through every ounce of pain and cramp-ladened step, I finished and accomplished more than what I thought I could. I wasn’t ashamed of my desire to quit because I knew that when it came right down to it, I didn’t. And the medal proved it.

Editor’s Note: Keeyoul Cha works as a six year veteran firefighter for an IHC (Hotshot) crew based in Arizona. He is a 24 year martial art practitioner in Muay Thai/JKD and Gracie Jiu Jitsu. He has two cats.

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by Jose Albanil

I looked across a crowded room. Our eyes met. Love at first sight. The Spartan playground was beckoning me to come play. Just kidding, I knew they had this training course at the Arizona Health and Fitness Expo. I really need to have a place outside and away from a city with lots of acreage so I can have this kind of stuff laying around to keep my workouts fun, new and fresh.

It is time to begin. One of the trainers made sure we had some nice warm-up stretches. This is really important and I always need that. Then it was all about business. The workout starts off by warming up the legs with 50 squats. Followed by 30 Burpees. I knocked out 10 more just because I needed to get better at them. It was a team workout so if you got down fast you had to drop down and hold a plank and of course that was me. Next, we did 30 plank to Spidermans. I was starting to sweat big time. My hands were shaky. While we waited for the others we had to do as many banana to Supermans as we could. This was something new to me, but it kept your heart rate up. Then it was time to grab our “friend” as the trainer called it. It was a large sandbag with the Spartan Logo on it.  I think everyone called it a pancake. We went out to jog around the building with the bag. Half way around we had to do a combination that involved throwing the sandbag forward to frog jump towards it and then down to push up and repeat. All this while moving yourself down a length of course.

Of course the mind works in funny ways. As you get tired you start to loose your concentration. You hear what you want to hear as I call it. The trainer was telling us certain things we had to do and people became very selective in what they were hearing when it came to doing more work. If he said do these 10 things, people would blow through but only do 7. People would ask lots of questions as if they were using it as a way to take a longer break. But when it came time to stop, oh man it was instantaneous from when they heard that and dropped the bag or whatever they were doing.

Now for me, I do not like to cheat or take the easy way. I do the full and extenuated move. I add jumping or longer range of motion. I needed to be pushed. But I also like to work smart. I was surprised how quickly I processed the information at hand. When we were doing the combinations I mentioned above, I realized after the first one that if I threw the bag farther I cover the distance quicker. The trainer heard that and said yes you are correct. But by this I am not saying it is easier. I do expend more energy to throw the bag farther, I have to expend more energy to frog jump farther, etc. I do arrive quicker, more energy spent, and pushed harder. I was able to complete this part 3 times to everyone else doing one. Then we grabbed our bags to run back inside.
We ran back around the whole building and through the convention area. Nice way to attract attention to your booth. As we got back, I noticed one of the guys that was working the booth was asking people how they were feeling. As I ran by I said, “When is the warm up over?” We thought, “Oh man you are in trouble now.” Perfect, that is exactly what I needed.

Next, we grouped up in teams of 3 for the obstacle course. There was one kid by himself so two other trainers came in. I let the kid have my spot in my group and I rolled with the trainers. Yeah baby. Here is what the course looked like. I stared off by grabbing a rope to pull an SUV looking tire down and back. Then to the other side of the room to grab our “friend” again for the combinations. Across the course to a huge 300 pound looking tractor tire for the tire flips. I had to do two flips out and two back. Running to the other side to do a cinder blocks carry. This involved carrying them out and back. You had to make sure you stacked them nicely or you would have to do it again. I proceeded over to dive under another wall, and picked up a large plastic tube filed with water. It would throw off your balance as you did a lunge and shoulder press combo out and back. Next it was my favorite… NOT…. 30 Burpees.

Now the last thing, in order to finish, was to tell the trainer what the card was he showed us at the beginning of the workout. I memorized the numbers of objects, the shapes of the objects, the colors, the orientations of each, etc. The trainer needed to know which card number we were given in order to pull it up to make sure the participants answer was correct. I was like……..CARD NUMBER?….SHOOT. I never saw that. So I immediately went to the penalty phase which was ANOTHER 30 BURPEES. Everyone was only given one chance. Every person missed it. Everyone had to do the penalty. They all whined and complained and asked for another try. Doing whatever they could to get out of the penalty phase.

I finished first and rang the bell. The trainer looked at me and wondered how I finished so quickly. He knew I had no shot at the memory card and that I just banged out my burpees. He was laughing. Very good he said. I asked him if he remembered which card I had. He said yes. So I rattled off the color combo. As well as ALL the other things I memorized. He was shocked. It was an amazing workout. I had a serious sweat going on. And since I was not use to so many burpees in a row I could feel some tightening in the glutes but nothing a good stretch would not help alleviate.

Today’s workout had men, women, and your adults, all of which finished the workout in their own way and at their pace. I do feel that anyone that is at least active, with no physical limitations, can finish a Spartan Race. Sign up for the Spartan Sprint with a team and have a great time helping each other finish. Motivating and being a support crew for each other. See you on the course.

Editor’s Note: Bio:

Jose Albanil is a Graphic Designer in Scottsdale Arizona whose hobbies include creating art in various mediums, photography and staying physically fit. He has been running all kinds of races since 1991 and has come to love any and all mud/obstacle races that he can find. Spartan Races challenge him physically, mentally and allows him to have fun while competing. Blog originally posted at: http://mudsweatpride.blogspot.com/2013/03/spartan-workout-at-ah.html.

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Read Part One HERE.

2013
At the end of 2012, prior to the Spartan Beast, I sustained a stress fracture to my right foot. I unknowingly ran the Beast thinking it was a minor injury, then went on to run my first half marathon two weeks later. After taking two months off to rehab my foot, I began training with my team (the Georgia Obstacle Racers and Mud Runners) for the Spartan Race in Georgia and getting excited about the 2013 race season!

Then I heard about the Biggest Losers Run/Walk Challenge that Spartan Race also hosted. I thought it sounded like a good idea, so I registered and was so thrilled over this chance to work with and motivate others. A set of fortuitous circumstances led up to me transferring from the Open Heat to the Elite Heat the week of the GA Spartan Race. Add yet another thrilling dimension to my Spartan experience! I was so nervous!

I thought, “What am I doing on the start line of the female Elite heat? I’m 46 years old, and I’ve never been known as an athlete?”

As I ran across the terrain and through the woods, I felt strong! I took on one obstacle after another, burpee-free! And then it happened…Somewhere in the 3rd mile, my right ankle found that random hole in a flat field, rolled, and snapped like a twig. My first thought was, “I HAVE to finish this heat and get back in time to help with the Biggest Loser Challenge.” The course volunteer asked if I wanted her to call a Medic. “No, I’m finishing this race”, I said as I heaved a sandbag over my head and walked up the hill, confident I could walk it off. I was jogging as I came back down the hill.

I finished the race in 1:15:34, ran off the course, grabbed my volunteer t-shirt and ran back on to the course to find Chris

The Fab Five

Davis and the Biggest Loser Challenge participants. I randomly attached myself to a group of ladies I wound up calling my “Fab Five” and journeyed with them throughout the course. As we approached each obstacle, I gave them instructions on how to successfully navigate through the obstacle… should they choose to do it. I was THRILLED that they chose to take on every challenge (with the exception of the rope climb). They were FEARLESS!

The Fab Five and I worked together as a team through each obstacle, over every hill, and across every mile. The bond seemed to solidify more and more as we continued on our journey, and I saw confidence exuding through the mud as the ladies proved to themselves they could do what they set their minds to. The encouragement they received from the Spartan Racers along the course bolstered their sense of determination as well! They began cheering for and encouraging the Spartans who ran past them in a show of camaraderie!

Almost to the Finish Line
As most of the time we encountered cold water, the pain of my sprained ankle was kept at bay; but I also believe the adrenaline and the endorphins were my saving grace. At the slippery wall, the only thing left between these ladies and their finisher’s medal was the wall, the mud crawl ,and the gladiators. A couple of the ladies took on the slippery wall, paying close attention to the instructions I gave them, “Keep your weight behind you, your feet in front of you, and use your hands to pull you along. I’ll be at the top to help you over.” The third, and final, lady in our group to attempt this obstacle stepped up to the wall, hesitantly saying she would “try”.

I yelled, “You’ve got this!” One of her teammates stood next to me on the back of the wall, ready to help her find her way over.  She grabbed the rope and began to climb, strong and confident. Then a look of hesitation flashed across her face. Self-doubt started to gnaw at her resolve, “I just don’t have any upper body strength.”

I yelled, “You’re halfway here! You’re doing it! You’ve got this! Keep coming!”

Another Spartan Racer was scaling the wall, and he stopped to help assist my Fab Fiver in her quest up the wall. She wanted to quit. She wanted to let go. I knew I couldn’t let that happen, so I grabbed her hand and yelled, “I’m not letting you go!” She didn’t realize at the time that I was leaning backwards. If she chose to let go, I was going to tumble off the back side of the wall. I believed in her. So did the crowd who was cheering her on! The Spartan Racer who had been behind her climbed over the wall and reached across to help us as another Spartan Racer got behind her and started pushing.

As we got her left leg over that wall, the emotions burst forth in uncontrollable sobs… it was ME who was crying! The crowd was cheering her on! Her teammates were cheering her on! So many emotions of that day all released at once as I grabbed her at the bottom of the ladder and hugged her tightly! The team laughed at the fact that I was crying!

We still had the mud crawl. I ran from the first of the team to the last, encouraging, and cheering, and redirecting! When the final one cleared the barbed wire, I had us link arms and said, “Let’s do this!” We ran through the gladiators across the finish line together! My team was THRILLED to see the blood from the scratches and scrapes! It was a personal victory for each and every one of them!

I’m still in contact with each of those ladies and have added them to my team! They are signing up for more OCR’s and are still on an incredible high from their accomplishment!

The Street Team provided this great opportunity for us to share our Spartan Spirit with our fellow athletes of the Biggest Loser Run/Walk Challenge, and for that I am grateful. That race changed me in a positive way. Yes, I sprained my ankle and tore a ligament, but I finished strong in my Elite Heat (because I had a purpose); and my team of Fab Five finished as stronger ladies because of the experience they had.

I’m 46, almost 47, and I AM A SPARTAN CHICK and STREET TEAMER! AROOOO!

Spartan isn’t just a race it’s an experience!  You’ll know at the finish line.  Sign up today. 

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Better Than Running a Spartan Race?

by Paul Buijs

What’s better than running a Spartan Race? Nothing obviously! But when I’m back home in the city, reminiscing  (er, licking my wounds), and reliving the epic challenges, good times and personal victories I had on the trails the weekend before, I do like to share these experiences and my love for all things mud running and obstacle racing with the world on my site Mud and Adventure. The fact that I get to tell people about this crazy obstacle racing sport of ours AND get paid some serious money to do so, well that is pretty ridiculous.

 

I am not a sports reporter, author or work in the industry (although at this rate, let’s just say the idea of a career change might have crossed my mind).  I have a full time job that is completely unrelated to sports, writing and obstacle racing and I’m definitely nowhere near as fast as the top elites. So how am I, Joe Blow Obstacle Racer, cashing in on my blog?

Affiliate advertising. I’ll give you one guess who the top paying obstacle race related affiliate advertiser is (initials are S. R.). Spartan Race pays me (very, very nicely I may add) for each registration referral I send them – and it adds up quick!  I wish all the companies had a program like this. I would make a friggin killing! O.K. now I am just getting greedy.  I am getting paid, big bucks by my favorite race, to promote my favorite sport. Win, win, win, win. Did I say win?
Sound complicated? Not really. If you have a blog or website, all you have to do is sign up (feel free to say I sent you), copy the code for the banner size of your choosing (with a picture of a sexy, kick ass Spartan of course) and put it on your site.

As this sport has taken off there are a lot of great blogs popping up covering everything obstacle race related to include race recaps, training and gear. I started a list of blogs written by fellow runners (from the average Joes like me to the Hobie’s and Margaret’s) here: http://mudandadventure.com/mud-run-obstacle-race-resources/. I wonder how many of my fellow obstacle racers are missing out on this ridiculously easy (easily ridiculous) money?

I know I’m not. I kinda feel like the folks at Spartan Race are sponsoring me and they don’t even know it.  I signed with the affiliate program a couple of months ago.  Since then I’ve already paid for my last two trips to a Spartan Race (entry, hotel, rental car and all) with earnings from the affiliate program.  My next goal? I started saving for my dream warrior Jeep to take me to all the races (dibs on NY license plate: AROO!). I already bought the 2013 season pass. Well maybe I shouldn’t say “I” bought it.

I’d be happy to help anyone with questions about getting started. paul@mudandadventure.com

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Thanks to Ethan Polinsky of the Spartan Street Team for this bear of a WOD.  The Spartan Street Team represents our most enthusiastic and inspired Spartans, so it’s no surprise they know how to get some serious training done.  If you are already a member of Street Team, submit your favorite WOD here.

 

If I had never taken the test, I could always say I would have passed if I had taken it, I just did not feel like taking it. That way I would never have to face my fears….”

- Eric Thomas

This WOD is simple but nasty. You’ll need a high pull up bar, tall doorframe, tree branch, anything you have to hop up a little to grab onto.

10 Burpee Pull-ups

10 meter Bear Crawl

10 Jumping Squats

10m Reverse Bear Crawl

9 Burpee Pull-ups

10m Bear Crawl

9 Jumping Squats

10m Reverse Bear Crawl

Continue with descending reps…

 

*Burpees and Jumping Squats = 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

*Bear Crawl remains 10m (about 30 feet) throughout

*Rest between sets, but not between exercises

*Beginners can start at a lower number and count down from there.

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This WOD was submitted by Nick Williams, a Spartan Street Team Member.  Enjoy, it’s a good one! He was cool enough as to include some notes to help you out if some of the exercises are new to you.

 Are you a member of the Street Team?  Do you have a Street Team WOD to submit?

“The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow” -Robert Moore

Warmup: Jump Rope – 2 minutes Stretch all Major Muscle Groups

Workout:
15 Pushups
20 Jump Squats
15 Tricep Dips
20 Gobble Squats with Alternating Reverse Lunge
15 Decline Pushups
20 Split Jump Squats
15 Military Pushups
20 Broad Jumps
15 Dive Bomb Pushups
20 Athletic Stance X Band Side Steps (10 each direction)
30 Brazilian Ab Twists
20 Straight Leg Sit-Up to V-Up
30 Bicycle Crunches
MAX Pullups
REPEAT

Sprint Training: 1-2 Rounds
Super Training: 3-4 Rounds
Beast Training: 5-6 Rounds

Cool Down: 1-2 mile jog between 60-70% of competition pace, Stretch All Major Muscle Groups

 

Gobble Squat with Alternating Reverse Lunge: – Gobble Squat holding a kettle Bell and then perform an alternating reverse lunge on one leg and then the other to complete 1 Rep.

Dive Bomber Pushups: The Dive-bomber Pushup is often confused with the Dand or Hindu Pushup. Begin with your hands and feet on the floor and your hips raised, so your body forms an inverted V.  Lower your shoulders, then glide your chest forward, bringing it between your hands and up toward the ceiling.  Keep hands 2 to 3 inches wider than your shoulders and your knees and hips 2 to 3 inches off the floor.  Reverse the move, bringing your hips back toward the ceiling.

An example video is here 

Athletic Stance X Band Side Step: (Can be performed with a mini band or a Thera-band with handles) – Place the thera-band under the arches of both feet and then cross the handles.  Put as much tension on the band as you can and then squat down into an athletic stance.  While keeping this position and keeping the band tight, side step to one side keeping your hips at the same level and then side step with your other foot in the same direction in a controlled manner.  Try to never let your feet get closer than shoulder width apart when you perform the side step with your “back” foot.  Perform 10 steps in one direction and then perform 10 steps in the other direction to work both legs equally.

Here is a video I just found which shows what I mean.

This is a killer exercise for your legs and glutes.

Straight Leg Sit-Up to V-Up: Begin by lying supine with your arms straight over your head and your legs straight and angled at 45 degrees (forming a V).    Part #1 – Complete a straight leg sit-up and touch your hands to your toes. Part #2 – While keeping your body rigid, begin to lie back and when you are half way back let your momentum carry your lower legs towards you and complete a V-Up.  This is 1 Rep.

Here is a video showing this exercise

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by Carrie Adams

Jay Tea, Georgia Spartan Sprint, 2012

When the Spartan Street Team started last year, we knew at HQ that we were onto something special.  Spartan fans and athletes from all over the world were telling our story and getting people to come out to race with Spartan and they were some of our most loyal racers.  When Jay Tea joined, he brought his Azn Armour crew with him and his dedication to Spartan Race and to getting people off their couches and into the muddy action has been inspired.  He wrote a blog about how his February 2011 Spartan Race ignited something in him and how he has taken that spark and turned it into a Spartan fire inspiring so many others along the way.

Here is his story in his own words:

Jaymes Tran, also known as Jay Tea, the co-founder of team Azn Armour.  It was founded by two goofy Asian dudes that ran a whole lotta 5Ks, 10Ks, 15Ks, half and full marathons, DUs and TRIs.  Then, the Florida Super Spartan came into town in 2011, and the rest is history.

Why you joined the Street Team? What Spartan Race means to you.

I had never run a mud/obstacle race before until the FL Super Spartan in 2011.  Once I completed it, I knew then, what I had accomplished when I crossed the Finish Line.  It was self-fulfillment and gratification knowing that I had conquered some challenges that I had never faced before.  I so was intrigue with the race and the family atmosphere that I wanted MORE!  So, I got in touch with the Street Team director, and he got me involved with spreading the word of Spartan Race and my experiences.  I believe I was one of the first Street Team member accepted by Travis Ketchum.  Every day I talk to someone about Spartan Race, be it at a grocery store, at work or simply via Facebook.  I always have my personalized business card handy with my team name and Facebook page on it for recruitment purposes.  Since joining the Street Team, my team of two EXPLODED into a team of 284 today, and it is still growing!  We have teams from Florida, up to Pennsylvania, across to Colorado and  Washington.  Going down the west coast, we also have teams formed in California and Nevada.  And to close it out, we have team coverage from Louisiana upwards to Tennessee and North Carolina.  So, as you can see, we have team in most majority areas, but those aren’t all.  We aim to not only represent at Spartan Races, but others as well to help spread the word on Sparta!

Being able to be part of the Spartan Race family means I am taken care of from the inside.  Knowing that, if I or any of my teammates have any issues, our concerns are heard and addressed.  Given that personal touch, really brings it to home for me.  You’re not just a number at Spartan Race, you are family.  I have yet to meet in person all of the good folks of Sparta, but one of these days, I will… along with all of the awesome racers I have met online as well.

Street Team Course Sweep experience & impact on people finishing a SR

AZN Armour

With our team Azn Armour being represented at most, if not all Spartan Races, really brings together the close knit community that we have formed.  Our team runs together and we don’t leave ANY team member behind.  Every member on the team will cross the Finish line, and we make sure of that.  We recruit true couch potatoes onto our team.  Most of our members are first time mud/obstacle racers.  We help make their race enjoyable, and keep them wanting more.

What it means to be a part of a community of motivating individuals & how you are leveraging it to train at a higher level.

As a team, we also have a team page that we discuss topics such as training, diet, sports clothing, among many other things.  We motivate each other by posting our daily workouts and health strategies.  Some of our team mates are near each other, and they have formed training sessions in their respective areas.  We are an open team, so everyone and anyone is welcomed.  We are a fun group, and if possible, we always tailgate at the races and enjoy the stories and memories that are created from the awesome experiences that Spartan Race give us.  To learn more about Azn Armour and our fun ninja ways, please hit our Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/groups/186550634790293/.

FL Super Spartan 2012

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by James Horgan

maslow-pyramidWhy do we Spartan?  In 1943 Abraham Maslow wrote a paper A Theory of human Motivation. In this he postulated the theory that became Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.  At the bottom you have Physiological and Safety.  In a nutshell.  After the basic human functions are met.  After we are clothed, sheltered and fed.  After we are protected from the intrinsic dangers of weather, nature, and other people, we are free to explore other avenues of interest.  Which are the top two levels of Maslow’s hierarchal pyramid.  Self Actualization and Self Esteem.  This leaves one level in between, Love and Belonging

So why do we Spartan? 

For many it is a chance to belong, to subscribe, to participate in a group where simple participation is a badge of acceptance.  Finishing is a validation of accomplishment.  And for everyone, it is a chance to push one’s limits beyond the length of a given course or the weight of cold iron in a gym.

Cultures through the ages have had rites of passage.  An event that marks the transition from one state of development into another.  This is usually the point where a person develops that level of love and belonging.  That point where you are no longer provided for by the tribe but in fact contribute to provide for the tribe to become a tribe member.  In America, as a nation, we really don’t have a point where we recognize this transition.  Cultures and religions in our society do, but as a Nation we typically don’t.  We have markers which are recognized such as attaining a drivers license, the right to vote, or to drink.  But these are arbitrary, and set up by law.  With no real accomplishment by the individual except to attain a certain age.  

So why do we Spartan?

It fills a principle need in our lives to accomplish a goal, to have validation of that accomplishment by our peers.

A Spartan race fills one of our basic human need’s love and belonging.  To this end it frees us to explore and attain the next level of need.  Self Esteem.  For many, starting a Spartan race is a huge accomplishment.  For others finishing it is.  Still others improving over a previous time is their goal.  The sense of accomplishment is no different for any runner regardless of their personal goal.  We Spartan because there is a group of obstacles in front of us which we can see, we can manage, and we can over come.  To our left, to our right, in front of us and behind us there are other people who must accomplish the same task’s.  Regardless of gender, ignorant to age or ability, unimpressed by level of fitness; the obstacles are there.  The obstacles stand stoic and unfeeling.  They do not judge you.  They will not mock you and they will not compliment you. Wether you breeze through the obstacle or fail in your attempt the obstacle is there, you chose to meet it.  Some will succeed others will not.  Everyone will try.  In the end it is the sense of accomplishment in our attempt that fills our self esteem.  It is a well we can draw from in our daily life.  It is something that cannot be taken away, it cannot be diminished.  It cannot be cheapened or diluted by others.  At the finish line we all are deserved of the title Spartan.

The pinnacle of Maslow’s pyramid is Self Actualization.  Becoming, who you are.  Philosophically and Theologically this can be debated as to how this is attained or even what it means.  It is the by product of challenge and the accumulation of self esteem, where we are confident to seek out new challenges to make us a better person.  We see this all the time  at Spartan race’s.  “I have never, ever done anything like this in my life! ” “It was awesome.”  ”It changed the way I look at myself”  ”I can’t wait to do another”  This list goes on. People get fit to do a race, and it becomes a habit.  They identify things in their life that are bad for them, that are destructive.  They start to notice people or activities that don’t support the positive changes they want  to make for themselves.  They gain the strength, the energy and the confidence to move forward and stay moving.  By running a Spartan race and getting involved in the tribe of Spartans people change.  Not everyone.  But most.  Not everyone is ready to make change.  Others are.  Not everyone is ready to except the challenge but everyone need’s the invitation to try. You don’t need to be the best runner, the best jumper, the best climber or the best anything.  You do need to try to be the best at being you, because being the best you is the only best you need to be.

And that is why we Spartan.

Originally posted in the Massachusetts Spartan’s Street Team Blog.

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Spartan Street Team WOD for July 26, 2013

by JJ Romero, SLC, Utah

 

It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.

—Confucius

 

Dynamic warm-up
1-2 mile jog.

Main set:
200-meter sprint
10-30 Jumping Jacks
10-20 Frankenstein Kicks
10-20 Lunges
200-meter sprint
10-30 Burpees
10-30 Mountain Climbers
10-30 Bicycle kicks
1 minute plank.

Repeat 2-6 times.

50 Sit-ups.

Spartan stretching

JJ Romero is currently a student working towards a degree in Exercise and Sports Sciences. He’s run 3 half marathons, 6 full marathons, Spartan Beast, and many more, and will be running till the day he dies. He’s also an avid hiker.

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Strength – 4
Endurance – 3
Speed -1

 

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